Jon Kimmich was a Lead Product Planner for Microsoft Games Studios during pivotal parts of the XBOX conception, launch and lifespan. Jon was instrumental in the acquisition of many titles for Microsoft Games Studios publishing for both the PC and XBOX platforms. Together with Ed Fries and Stuart Moulder, Jon was responsible for the acquisition of Bungie Studios, FASA Interactive, and Digital Anvil. In addition to acquisitions, Jon secured publishing rights for Microsoft for externally developed games such as Dungeon Siege by Gas Powered Games, Rise of Nations from Big Huge Games, and MechAssault by Day 1 Studios as well as many internally developed games such as Crimson Skies, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, Brute Force and Halo.
Before joining Microsoft Games Studios, Kimmich held other positions at Microsoft, which included development manager for a new product development group in Microsoft’s Hardware Team, responsible for hardware devices such as the original award-winning Microsoft Natural keyboard. The addition of the Windows-key and application-key, which first appeared on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard in 1994 (and are now standard on most keyboards and laptops designed to support Windows) has been attributed to Jon.
In June 2004, Jon Kimmich left Microsoft to become Producer and Director of Business Development for Day 1 Studios. Since this time Day 1 Studios has developed MechAssault 2, F.E.A.R. for the xbox360 and PlayStation 3, and Fracture.
- MobyGames rap sheet for Jon
- IMDB Entry for Jon Kimmich
- Interview with Jon from GameIndustry.biz
- Interview with Jon from TeamXbox
- Interview on Yahoo News about Windows Keyboard and games
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